Have you heard? Documentaries are cool again. Last month, people were comparing notes between Netflix and Hulu's competing documentaries about the Fyre Festival, released within two days of each other. Take dream hampton's Surviving R. Kelly as the perfect example of documentaries' recent power and prominence: The six-part Lifetime series revealed years of R. Kelly's alleged sexual abuse, and may have been the tipping factor that led to Kelly's arrest.
With hundreds of acclaimed documentaries produced over the years, HBO remains the king of documentaries. In March 2019, HBO is releasing three documentaries poised to have a major cultural impact. Leaving Neverland, which airs on March 3 and 4, features two men alleging that Michael Jackson molested them for years. The Case Against Adnan Syed, out March 10, revisits the case from the podcast Serial, often considered the locus of our current true crime craze. Finally, The Inventor, airing March 18, unpacks the Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos debacle.